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E-auction likely for India’s mobile TV slots

The Indian Government is reportedly preparing to sell by e-auction slots for mobile television, following the success of this method in allocating direct to home slots for private channels on the satellite TV platform of state broadcaster Doordarshan.

The availability of adequate spectrum, the type of technology to be utilised for mobile television, license conditions, foreign investment limits, and establishing a mechanism for content regulation have all contrived to delay the auction so far.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has now requested all pending issues are expeditiously resolved by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, according to Indiantelevision.com.

The Ministry must liase with the Telecommunications Department to finalise the policy for the introduction of mobile television in India, it says. The policy will largely be based on recommendations of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India.

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